Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado
Eeww, I agree.
I really want another handheld for two reasons.
1, The slim PSP is garbage, the screen issues ruined it for me and I honestly felt ripped off after getting it, that's why I ended up getting a 3DS and loved it.
2, As much as I really do love my 3DS, it's resolution is awful and I want something better and louder, the Vita is everything the 3DS isn't and the 3DS is everything the Vita isn't. The Vita has a handful of games worth getting to me, so I figured it's worth it.
3DS = quality Nintendo titles, Vita = loud, significantly better resolution, graphics, and screen.
As for entertainment this year, I'm basically managing my entertainment budget for Smash Bros + a Pro controller, Vita +memory card and some games, PS4, Nextbox + Halo MCC, Oculus Rift consumer version 1 (assuming it happens), Majora's Mask, Zelda U, Evolve on PC, Halo 5, and that's it.
I decided it's time to get an OLED Vita before they become expensive as I expect Sony to suddenly discontinue it for the newer version.
Edit - http://kotaku.com/in-japan-the-vita-has-more-upcoming-games-than-any-oth-1678196355
Yeah I really like the Vita because of the differences you mention, however having owned one since launch a lot of its pros have actually just left me disappointed because of lack of support. This doesn't go for just Sony but other developers as well. The first year I would say was extremely promising, a lot of the games nailed the idea of how a portable system game should be played competitively. Games like Motorstorm RC, Wipeout 2048, Hotshots Golf, Unit 13, and even Uncharted had you competing with your friends in some way using network functions, even if it wasn't directly playing together.
To this day I think Motorstorm RC is my favorite vita game, and Vita got it for free. I spent hours getting the platinum and constantly battling my best friends best times, on one track it got to the point where we tied each others time ranked #30 in the world.
I actually have a ton of Vita games from the first two years, but I'm still left a bit disappointed. With Duke Nukem and Resident Evil Revelations coming up I at least have something to look forward to this year. I just remember PSP being a lot more impressive in its life so far.
As for you list of wants, Oculus Rift is also a must buy for me.